From a Whisper (Kenya: 2008)

Director

Wanuri Kahiu

Cast list

Ken Ambani

Abubakar Mwenda

Godfrey Odhiambo

Corinne Onyango

Lydiah N. Gitachu

Samara Migwi

Tariqa Ismael

Nagib Khan

Musa Mohamed

Credits

Written and Directed by: Wanuri Kahiu

Produced by: Kuxi Ghai and Anna Marano

Music by: Eric Wainaina

Cinematography by: Marius van Graan

Film Editing by: Chris King

Art Direction by: Kaye Tuckerman

Sound Department: Nico Berthold and Richard Ngugi

Synopsis

As the title suggests, From A Whisper gives an intimate look at the effects of the 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi – a look that softly builds from a whisper to a scream. The film seamlessly integrates footage from the actual attack, yet centers on the relationship between a young woman who lost her mother in the blast and the man whose best friend was the perpetrator. As the stories interweave across time and space, the characters explore the possibilities of forgiveness and healing in the face of violent loss.

Reviews

Harvey, Dennis. “From a Whisper.” Variety. October 19, 2010. Accessed 23 March,

2018. http://variety.com/2010/film/reviews/from-a-whisper-1117943881/

Giuzzi, Clara. “A Feminist Approach to Contemporary Kenyan Cinema: Women and

Nation in From a Whisper (Kahiu 2008) and Something Necessary (Kibinge,

2013). Journal of African Cinemas 7, no. 2 (2015): 79-96.

https://doi.org/10.1386/jac.7.2.79_1